VOL.LIX January 2016 No. 1


 Padma Awards announced  Panel set up to revamp Censor Board  Entries invited for  Award announced for most film friendly state st  61 Awards presented  Aruna Vasudev gets four Lifetime Achievement Awards in a year  honoured with Memorial award


Compiled, Edited & Issued by National Documentation Centre on Mass Communication NEW MEDIA WING (Formerly Research, Reference & Training Division) Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Chief Editor L. R. Vishwanath

Editor Alka Mathur




Padma Awards announced

The government has announced the Padma Awards on January 26, 2016. These awards are conferred annually on civilians for their exemplary contribution to their respective area of activity. The film personalities who have been honoured this year include:- (film actor) (film actor) and Udit Naryan (Playback singer) (actor and filmmaker), , Nil Madhab Panda (), S.S. Rajamouli (film director), (film actress) and (film actor) (Posthumous)

Dainik Jagran (26 January 2016) Tribune (26 January 2016)

Panel set up to revamp Censor Board

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has constituted a committee headed by eminent filmmaker to look into the revamp of the Censor Board, functioning of which has been mired in controversies in recent past. The panel, which would submit its report in two months, includes filmmaker , Adman Piyush Pandey and film critic Bhawana Somaaya. Apart from these, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Managing Director Nina Lath Gupta and Joint Secretary (films) in the ministry, Sanjay Murthy would also be part of the committee Actor film maker Kamal Hassan and director Gautam Ghosh have been later additions to the committee.

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The recommendations of this committee are expected to provide a holistic framework and enable those tasked with the work of certification of films to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework. During their deliberations the committee would be expected to take note of the best practices in various parts of the world, especially where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression. Asian Age (2 January 2016) Deccan Herald (2 January 2016) Economic Times (2 January 2016) Telegraph (2 January 2016) Times of (1 January 2016)

Entries invited for National Film Awards

Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has invited entries for the 63rd National Film Awards. Feature and Non feature films certified by the Central Board of Film Certification, between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2015 (both days inclusive) are eligible for entry. All films must have English subtitles Books and articles/reviews on cinema published between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2015 (both days inclusive) are eligible for entry. Hindu (9 January 2016) (9 January 2016)

Award announced for most film-friendly state

The Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has announced that the will confer an award titled ‘Most Film Friendly State’ on a state 2 Bulletin on Film, January 2016 government to acknowledge its efforts towards the direction of ease of doing business in respect of film shootings by Indian/foreign filmmakers and for creating a conducive environment towards promotion of Indian Cinema. The award shall consist of a Rajat Kamal and certificate. The award shall be a part of the National Film Awards given annually. Hindustan Times (20 January 2016) Internet


13th Chennai International Film Festival held

The 13th Chennai International Film Festival was held from January 6-13, 2016. The festival was organized by the Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation. Around 180 films from 50 countries were screened in various sections of the festival. The festival was inaugurated at the Woodlands theatre in Rayapeeth Victoria was the opening film of the festival. The World Cinema had 120 critically acclaimed films which have also won awards at Oscars, Cannes and Berlin. The Country Focus this year was on China and Venezuela. The Chinese films were:- Painted Skin: The Resurrection, Mulan, Lost in Thailand and So Young . The films from Venezuela were:- Reveron, Rumble of the Stones, The House at the end of the Times, The Madness of the Parrot, The Apple Tree and The Kid who Lies. A Retrospective of Germany’s iconoclastic film maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder was organized in which his films Martha, Fontane Effi Briest, The Marriage of Martha Braun, Lili Marleen, Lola, Veronika Voss and Don’t Want You to Just Love Me were screened. Another Retrospective featured films of Danish auteur Nils Malmros. The films in this section were:- Tree of Knowledge, Sorrow and Joy, Arhus by Night, Facing the Truth, Aching Heels and Barbara.

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To celebrate 120 years of Buster Keoton 6 of his films were screened including:- The Saphead, Three Ages, The General, College, Steamboat Bill Jr, and Stolen Jools. The Indian Panorama showcased the best of regional cinema. Ten films were screened in this section including: Nanu Avanalla… Avalu ( ), Anwar ka Ajab Kissa (), Rajkahini (Bengali), Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Konkani), Priyamanasam (Sanskrit), Ottal (Malayalam), Cinemawala (Bengali), Masaan (Hindi), Dau Huduni Methai (Bodo), Court (Marathi) and The Letter Box (Bengali). There were 12 films in the Tamil competition including:- 36 Vayathinley, Chennai Ungalaianbudan, Charles Shaffiq Karthiga, Kirumi, Kathirvaranin, Maya, Orange Mittai Oattathoodhuvan, Pisasu, Radiopeti, Thakka Thakka and Thani Oruvan. Tribute was paid to . Balachander and by screening eight films. These were:- Achamillai Achamillai, Agni Satchi, Oru Veedu Iru Vassal, Unnal Mudiyum Thambi, Sidhi Bhairavi, Major Chandrakanth, Avaloruthodar Kathai and Samsaram Adhu Minsaram. In addition a special section was devoted to student films where 11 short films made by students of MGR Government Film and Television Institute were screened. Hindu (29 November 2015) (30 December 2015) (7 January 2016) Internet

61st presented

The 61st Filmfare Awards were held to honour the best films of 2015 from the Hindi language film industry on the 15th of January 2016 at the Prince Ahuja Studio in . Bajirao by won as many as nine awards. The detailed list is as follows: 1. Best Film 2. Best Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali 3. Best Actor in a Lead role for Bajirao Mastani 4. Best Actress in a Lead role for 5. Best Supporting Actor for Dil Dhadakne Do

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6. Best Supporting Actress Priyanka Chopra for Bajirao Mastani 7. Best Male Debut for Hero 8. Best Female Debut for 9. Best Music Director Meet Brothers and Anjjan and Amaal Malik for Roy 10. Best Lyricist for 11. Best Playback Singer (Male) for Sooraj Dooba Hai in Roy 12. Best Playback Singer (Female) for in Bajirao Mastani 13. Critics’ award for the best movie (best Piku – director) 14. Critics Award for Best Actor for Piku 15. Critics Award for Best Actress for Tanu Weds Manu Returns 16. Best Story K. V. Vijayendra Prasad for 17. Best Screenplay for Piku 18. Best Dialogue for Tanu Weds Manu Returns 19. Best Editing A Sreekar Prasad for Talvar 20. Best Choreography for Mohe Rang Do Laal in Bajirao Mastani 21. Best Cinematography Manu Anand in Dum Laga Ke Haisha 22. Best Production Design Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak for Bajirao Mastani 23. Best Sound Design Shajith Koyeri for Talvar 24. Best Costume Design Anju Modi and Maxima Basu for Bajirao Mastani 25. Best Background Score for Piku 26. Best Special Effects Prana Studios for Velvet 27. Best Action Sham Kaushal for Bajirao Mastani 28. Lifetime Achievement Award 29 R.D. Burman Award Armaan Malik` 30. Best Debut Director Neeraj Ghaywan for Masaan

Hindustan Times (17 January 2016) Internet

Aruna Vasudev gets four Lifetime Achievement Awards in 1 year

Aruna Vasudev, who has been described as the ‘Mother of Asian Cinema’ and whose name figures prominently in the volume Asian Women in Film was presented a record four 5 Bulletin on Film, January 2016

Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2015-from Iran, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Hawaii. This year also happens to be the 25th anniversary of NETPAC, the organization Aruna founded to forward the cause of Asian films. She was also behind the Cinemaya Festival of Asian Cinema. She had earlier been awarded the Star of Italian solidarity and the Chevalier of Arts and Letters from France. The Tripoli Film Festival has named its prize for Best Writing on Cinema as the Aruna Vasudev Award. Asian Age (22 January 2016)

Rekha gets Yash Chopra Memorial Award

Actress Rekha was conferred with third Yash Chopra Memorial Award in Mumbai for her contribution to the film industry. The actress received the award from the Governor of Shri Rao. The award has been instituted by T Subbarami Reddy’s TSR Foundation in the memory of late director –producer Yash Chopra. The award carries a gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh. The earlier recipients of this award have been and Amitabh Bachchan. (29 January 2016) National Duniya) (18 November 2015) Dainik Jagran) (19 December 2015) Hindu (27 January 2016)

Retrospective of Bimal Roy held

Ek Suhana Safar: Bimal Roy Retrospective 2016 was held on his 50th death anniversary. The festival was held from January 11-16, 2016 in Mumbai. The Retrospective showcased six of his films including: Do Bigha Zameen, , Parakh, Sujata, and Bandini

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Prashant Damle gets Dinanath Mangeshkar Award

Popular Marathi actor-comedian Prashant Damle has been selected for the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for his work in the field of theatre, film and music. The prestigious annual award is given to personalities from Marathi and Hindi theatre, music and films. Instituted in 1999 by Lata Mangeshkar and her family in the fond memory of her father, the award comprises of a memento, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh. The award will be presented in April 2016. Dainik Jagran (24 November 2015)


Biography of published

Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer by Rauf Ahmed has been published by Om Books International. It is an inspirational tale of the indomitable human spirit. The book has archival photographs from the Kapoor family’s private collections and traces the life and career of the popular actor. Telegraph (24 January 2016) Internet

Biography of released

Anything But Khamosh, a biography of Shatrughan Sinha by film journalist Bharathi S. Pradhan has been published by Om Books International. It traces Sinha’s acting career, his personal life and his political career. Telegraph (17 January 2016)

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Anil Ganguly, noted film director and screen writer passed away in Mumbai on January 15, 2016. He was 82. Born on January 26, 1933, Ganguly started his career making literary adaptations with strong female roles and themes of marital discord . For his film (1974) he adapted Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay’s story Saat Paake Bandha. The film’s lead Jaya Bhaduri won Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role while the film won the National Film Award for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. His next film Tapasya (1975) with Raakhee as lead was based on a story by Ashapurana Devi, Raakhee won the Filmfare Best Actress award for her role and the film won the Nation Film Award for Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment. He later adapted Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Parineeta as Sankoch (1976) with Sulakshna and as leads. Hum Kadam again starring Raakhee and made in 1980 was an adaptation of ’s . His last major film was Anil Kapoor and starrer Saaheb (1985). Later in his career, he shifted to making action and thriller films with and a few Bengali films. His last directorial venture was Bengali film Kiye Para Kiye Najara (1998) with Tapas Pal and . Dainjk Jagran (16 January 2016) Internet

Kalpana passes away

Popular Malayalam actress Kalpana who had enlivened the screen for over three decades with her guileless brand of humor passed away in on January 25, 2016. She was 51. She began as a child artiste in films like Vidarumma Mothukal and Dwik Vijayam and went on to don emotionally dense roles in Sivan’s Yagam (1982) and M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s Manju (1983). She had also acted in Pokkuveyil, Dum Dum Dum, Idhaya Thirudan, Chinna Veedu, Sathi Leelavathy and Charlie. She won the National Award for best supporting actress in

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2013 for her portrayal of a worker Razia Beevi in Njan Thanichalla. Asian Age (26 January 2016) Deccan Chronicle (26 January 2016) Hindu (26 January 2016)

Rajesh dead

Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay who is best known for his role as the astrologer Guran in passed away on January 14, 2016 in Hyderabad. He was 66. Born on 31st January 1949, he completed his MA in ancient history and archaeology from Jaunpar. Shyam Benegal first introduced him in his film Junoon. He made his mark as villain in the beginning with films like Veerana and Joshilay but later on he started doing comic/supporting roles. Some of his notable films are: - , Mujh Se Shaadi Karogi, What’s Your Raashee and Bunty Aur Babli. He had also acted in TV serials, , Mahabharat and Aghori. He had enacted the role of Dr. Rajendra Prasad in the film Gandhi. Dainik Jagran (15 January 2016) Internet


Uttar Pradesh

UP to have film promotion and facilitation committees in all districts

In order to boost film shootings in the state, the state government has ordered all district


Bulletin on Film, January 2016 magistrates to form a Film Promotion and Facilitation committee in their respective districts. The move is an extension of the single window clearance system for filmmakers looking to shoot in UP and is part of the state’s film policy. The idea is that when filmmakers go to any part of the state the process of getting permission to shoot should be made easy to them Times of India (11 January 2016)